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COVID-19 Guidelines

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Updated 3/10/21


We will be following the guidance from our PA government “Guidance for All Sports Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees, Athletes and the Public” (https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/)

Behaviors that Reduce Spread & Hygiene:

  • If you or your child are feeling sick, do not come to practice or games. Please let your coach know ASAP if you will not be attending a game.
  • A new Health Status feature has been added to the Team Manager app.

     
  • All teams should use the new Health Status feature within the app to ensure the safety of the entire team. Players should not attend practice or games before completing the COVID-19 Health Status Questionnaire within the Team Manager app. Any rostered player who does not have a Passed Health Status may not participate at the event. Please refer to the following website for more information and FAQs on the Health Status feature https://teammanager.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050517092-COVID-19-Health-Tracker.
    • If someone is unable to complete the Health Status a parent or guardian must verbally consent to the questions found in the survey before they are able to participate in a practice or game.
  • Players and spectators should stay home if they have tested positive for or are experiencing any common symptoms of COVID-19. Common symptoms can include Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Diarrhea, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, Loss of taste or smell, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting. Please refer to the updated symptoms list found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Anyone who has tested positive for or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact NHAA’s COVID-19 Point of Contact (contact information below)
  • Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before attending an event is strongly encouraged. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer)
  • Everyone attending the sporting event, including coaches, officials, athletes, staff, and spectators, age 2 and older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields), unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

 Ratios & Groups:

  • We ask that you limit the number of spectators and spread out in the designated spectator areas (varies by field) to maintain social distancing.

Equipment:

  • Sharing of equipment (bats, gloves, helmets and catchers gear) is strongly discouraged, without being sanitized
  • Sanitizer will be made available for the purpose of cleaning any shared equipment.

 
Minimizing Contact:

  • Players should not huddle together
  • No handshakes or high-fives
  • Players and coaches should maintain social distancing while participating in warmups, drills and competition as much as possible
  • Players in the dugout/bench areas should be spread out to maintain social distancing
  • Players and coaches are asked to wear a face covering while in the dugout/bench areas, where maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance is not possible, per PA State guidelines.
    • Masks will not be provided, please send your child with a clean mask to all events.
  • Face Coverings should be worn so they always cover both the nose and mouth. Players will not need to wear a face covering while at bat or in the field of play.
  • If your child cannot or does not wish to wear a mask in the dugout/bench area we ask that you send them with a chair that can be setup outside the bench area to maintain social distancing.
  • Non-coaches, parents and siblings are not permitted into the dugout/bench or designated player areas, except in the case of an emergency
  • Spectator bleachers will be closed at all fields. We ask that you bring your own chairs.
     

Food/Drink:

  • Seeds, gum and any other substance players may chew, and spit will be banned at all fields including spectator areas
  • All players should bring their own water bottles clearly labeled with their name. Any bottles left behind at the field will be discarded.
  • Post-game team snacks are discouraged


 Travel:

  • We respectfully ask that you limit travel during the season as much as possible. Traveling outside of the local community may increase the chances of exposing players, coaches, and fans to COVID-19, or unknowingly spreading it to others.
  • NHAA Warpath teams should consider competing only against teams in their local area
    We also ask that you familiarize yourself with the most recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html. The CDC Guidelines are regularly modified and updated.

     

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